AutoCAD is the industry standard software in CAD design.
The power to design just about anything
AutoCAD is a complete graphic design program for designing buildings, objects and just about anything else that requires precision in 2D or 3D. This makes it very complex for beginners, although there is extensive documentation and a series of tutorials to get you started. Also bear in mind that AutoCAD system requirements charge a high cost on your computer.
AutoCAD is suitable for both 2D and 3D drawing and is incredibly versatile, allowing you to customize almost every aspect of the design process. The intuitive interface has been much improved in recent years and now makes it much easier to identify the different functions available. You can create and edit DWG files quickly and, now that AutoCAD is available on Mac, work across platforms too.
The latest version adds various tweaks and improvements including enhanced online maps, better reality computing, animated help tips, a new way of launching and starting drawings, and various other GUI improvements.
Very complex for beginners
AutoCAD is a very complex design tool that requires proper training and instruction to get the most out of. It does come with an extensive help guide but those that are new to CAD will find it very hard to use.
For those familiar with it, one thing to watch out for is to be careful when updating designs and plans because if you make a change in a design, AutoCAD has tendency not to automatically update related files. So, if you change a detail in the section of a building, you must also remember to manually change the plan which is a bit cumbersome.
The biggest barrier for many people however will be the cost. AutoCAD is one of the most expensive pieces of software you will ever purchase, but the complexity and power of it will more than justify the cost for most professionals. If you are looking for a free, yet simple alternative, you may want to try FreeCAD. Autodesk, the program's developer, also offers a wide range of design programs, like the well-known Autodesk SketchBook or Autodesk Maya.
The CAD tool of choice for professionals
If you're looking for the best in CAD software, then look no further than AutoCAD.
Enhanced PDFs: PDF documents created from AutoCAD designs are smaller. In addition, it is now easier to find what you're looking for. The connection between AutoCAD and PDFs has been improved by including the documents' hyperlinks to the program.
Smart Dimensioning: When you're designing your documents, you can preview the dimensions of the object before creating it.
Stunning Visual Experience: Your designs will be viewed more clearly and with greater focus on details. AutoCAD graphics will better adjust to your PC.
Coordination Model: AutoCAD 2016 has improved tools to make the work of architects, and designers responsible for projects in the construction sector, much easier.
Sysvar monitor: AutoCAD 2016 prevents unwanted changes to your system settings. It will warn you when one of these changes might affect your design.